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Old 01-19-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
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Question Have you Snapped a Stock Dana 35 Axle ?

Contemplating a Ford 8.8 swap in the future but am curious how many folks have actually snapped an axle on a stock Dana 35 rear and under what conditions did it break?

Post up your experiences please and thanks

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:23 PM   #2
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Contemplating a Ford 8.8 swap in the future but am curious how many folks have actually snapped an axle on a stock Dana 35 rear and under what conditions did it break?

Post up your experiences please and thanks
I have NOT.....yet.

A good friend of mine did tho, he had done some rock climbing for the time ever(usually just muds). On the way out of the trails he was on a section of bad whoops and that when it finally snapped.

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Old 01-19-2012, 08:36 PM   #4
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Slipped off a short waterfall and snapped the short side. 31-12.5 bfg and Detroit. 8.8 and 33's now with no worries.
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I introduced my friend Marc to Jeeping and helped him buy his '98 TJ Sport. It was the perfect "starter" Jeep for him... other than the Dana35 rear axle. Later, he spontaneously installed a cheap lift and 33" tires (without consulting me), but still has the stock 3.73 gears, open diffs and automatic transmission.

The second time we went wheeling with his lifted Jeep, this happened:





He was simply climbing the hill seen in on the right in the background of the first photo. Nothing really extreme, actually. Everybody in a 50-yard radius heard the axle snap, though.

His Jeep left the park on a flatbed truck and was hauled directly to his preferred 4x4 shop, where they installed a new G2 Dana44 axle. While he was at it, he also regeared and installed at least one locker.
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I introduced my friend Marc to Jeeping and helped him buy his '98 TJ Sport. It was the perfect "starter" Jeep for him... other than the Dana35 rear axle. Later, he spontaneously installed a cheap lift and 33" tires (without consulting me), but still has the stock 3.73 gears, open diffs and automatic transmission.

The second time we went wheeling with his lifted Jeep, this happened:





He was simply climbing the hill seen in on the right in the background of the first photo. Nothing really extreme, actually. Everybody in a 50-yard radius heard the axle snap, though.
hey man where did your friend get the jerry can mount for the xrc bumper iv been looking but i cant find it
hey man i have a question where did your friend get the jerry can mount for the xrc rear bumper i have been looking but cant find one

His Jeep left the park on a flatbed truck and was hauled directly to his preferred 4x4 shop, where they installed a new G2 Dana44 axle. While he was at it, he also regeared and installed at least one locker. [/QUOTE]
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Old 01-20-2012, 01:30 AM   #7
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hey man where did your friend get the jerry can mount for the xrc bumper iv been looking but i cant find it
I would lay heavy odds he got it from 4Wheel Parts. That's where he got everything else (lift, wheels/tires, axle, etc).
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2001 TJ lifted with 35's just arriving to Tierra Del Sol and I made a U-Turn on asphalt. Snapped the stock axle. Dealer was very apologetic over the phone. I only had the JEEP for 3 weeks. When I pulled into the dealership (I did a roadside repair after having an axle delivered) they seen the after market lift and immediately started to refuse any liability. The JEEP didn't even have 500 miles on it yet.
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I would lay heavy odds he got it from 4Wheel Parts. That's where he got everything else (lift, wheels/tires, axle, etc).
ahh ok thanks man
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2001 TJ lifted with 35's just arriving to Tierra Del Sol and I made a U-Turn on asphalt. Snapped the stock axle. Dealer was very apologetic over the phone. I only had the JEEP for 3 weeks. When I pulled into the dealership (I did a roadside repair after having an axle delivered) they seen the after market lift and immediately started to refuse any liability. The JEEP didn't even have 500 miles on it yet.
Did you put the 35" tires on it? If so I'd do the same thing if I were in the shoes of that dealer.
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Did you put the 35" tires on it? If so I'd do the same thing if I were in the shoes of that dealer.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:53 AM   #13
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I destroyed the spider gears once and snapped a shaft another time before I upgraded to a d44. Had 33" tires w/ stock gears and was driving a straight line down the road at about 40mph when I hear a loud bang. That was the spiders going. Then a few months later was turning around in a field after running some trails and felt the back end slide a little weird and it was the shaft coming out.

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I haven't broken one yet (knock on wood) but I've bent one.
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Have not broken mine yet, but I do have a locked rear axle on 31s right now with chromolly shafts. I always carry my spare shafts just in case.
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It tends to be the bounce & spin that makes them snap. This happens a lot when climbing rocks/obstacles. It also helps to run nothing larger than a 33" tire, any larger and it's just a matter of time.
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It tends to be the bounce & spin that makes them snap. This happens a lot when climbing rocks/obstacles. It also helps to run nothing larger than a 33" tire, any larger and it's just a matter of time.
Thats when ive seen the most of them break... rear end hop seems to do it everytime!
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ok here is the story, i bought my jeep (1st Car) before i deployed to Iraq. i was gone 16 months and when i came home i was ready as ever to drive my jeep! i will admit i drove it hard. shifting from 1st to 2nd my rear end got jacked up. my father came out to look at it and told me to put it in 4 wheel drive and try to get it home. so i did and very slowly. however after about 1/4 of a mile i heard a god aweful noise.... well turns out driving it in 4 wheel drive without removing the rear drivetrain was not the best idea (gotta love Pops)... after breaking down rearend and front i realized on the front id need to replace just the ring and pinion, but the entire rearend... my question is, who to talk to, what questions to ask, and what parts are the best. keep in mind this is my first car and i dont know very much when it comes to going about this. any information would be most appreciated.
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Old 01-20-2012, 06:28 PM   #20
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Wow this thread is certainly an eye-opener... think there's no question about the axle upgrade. Will probably go with an 8.8 from East Coast Gear when I'm ready.

Welcome to the forum Blackbelt and thank you for your service. Use the forum search to find most answers and hope you like working on things!

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This happened 13-14 years ago after I foolishly installed a locker into my original D35 with 33" tires. It made it through one mild wheeling trip and then two months later, the differential and shaft pretty much exploded while making a slow-speed u-turn at a light-controlled intersection. Literally, no exaggeration.

About a month later I installed my Dana 44 replacement with a Detroit Locker.
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Hey Guys,
ok here is the story, i bought my jeep (1st Car) before i deployed to Iraq. i was gone 16 months and when i came home i was ready as ever to drive my jeep! i will admit i drove it hard. shifting from 1st to 2nd my rear end got jacked up. my father came out to look at it and told me to put it in 4 wheel drive and try to get it home. so i did and very slowly. however after about 1/4 of a mile i heard a god aweful noise.... well turns out driving it in 4 wheel drive without removing the rear drivetrain was not the best idea (gotta love Pops)... after breaking down rearend and front i realized on the front id need to replace just the ring and pinion, but the entire rearend... my question is, who to talk to, what questions to ask, and what parts are the best. keep in mind this is my first car and i dont know very much when it comes to going about this. any information would be most appreciated.
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I did almost the same exact thing! I was going about 15 mph one night in my neighborhood and herd a loud bang from the rear end about 10ft from my house. the next morning i went to drive away but the drive train was just spinning freely when i put it in gear. Broke the running gear/ pinyon gear in my rear differential. Then pops told me to just put it in 4wd and drive to the auto shop... made it about a 1/4 mile and then! SNAP. broke my front axle too. So i replaced the front axle dana 30s back to stock, (money restraints) but in the kit i got both axle shafts replaced with bigger U-joints. In the rear end I just got a new running gear, new pinyon gear etc. I have 1991 Renegade I am running 34in tires on a 2 1/2 in suspension lift. In it i have a 1 year old ATX-15 tranny, that likes to chew up clutches, and original I6. I would appreciate any and all help on how to make my Jeep a more solid rig without blowing through all the money. I am not a heavy off road driver but i still want to be able to go on trails in the summer. Thanks!Click image for larger version

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